Mark Jones available to comment on Perry and GOP debate

David Ruth


Mark Jones available to comment on Perry and GOP debate

Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss tonight’s NBC News/Politico Republican presidential debate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Jones, who is the chair of political science at Rice and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is regularly quoted nationally about Texas politics and has been closely following Perry’s career and his run for the GOP presidential nomination. Perry, who left the campaign trail a few days ago to come back to Texas due to wildfires, is expected to attend the debate.

T speak with Jones, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice University, at or 713-348-6327.

To see prior comments from Jones regarding Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy, visit The site will continue to be updated with news releases, commentary, media appearances and news articles during the campaign.


Related materials:

Jones’ opinion piece about Perry for the Texas Tribune titled “Perry as a (Very Conservative) Democrat.” The article puts into context Perry’s political affiliation and career in Texas. 

In June, Jones penned a story titled “Rick Perry and the Republican Presidential Nomination” for the Baker Institute’s blog on the Houston Chronicle’s website. In it Jones writes about Perry’s fiscal and social policies in Texas and how they might play in a national run against other candidates for the GOP nomination.

Following Perry’s victory in last year’s Texas gubernatorial election, Jones analyzed the governor’s successful primary and general election campaigns for the Austin American-Statesman. The article, “How Perry Dominated his Re-election Races,” highlights aspects of Perry’s campaign tactics, which the governor’s team would likely replicate in his presidential bid. 

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